The NCMB Regional Branch No. 1 and I-CARE, Inc. decided to hold plans for the conduct of the area-wide seminar slated on May 8, 2020 at the Awesome Hotel in San Juan, La Union.

NCMB Director Brenda Rose C. Odsey made the decision in a Branch Meeting on March 16, 2020, a day before the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was imposed over Luzon to pre-empt further spread of the internationally known virus COVID-19.

“Safety first,” Odsey said. “We cannot risk our staff going about the entire region for coordination activities,” she added.

 Prior to the ECQ, a mandate from the national Inter-Agency Task Force to prohibit social gatherings, planned or spontaneous, has already been in place. “In light of this, we have to think of the well-being of not only our staff, but also of everyone that are presumed to attend the AWS,” Odsey said.